Building on the tremendous success of their inaugural festival last year, organizers of the highly anticipated Sedona Yoga Festival are gearing up for another truly transformative event early next month. ThursdayâSunday, February 6â10, yogis and other conscious community members will flock to the quiet boulevards and soaring red rock canyons of Sedona for three days of yoga, music and energy work in the undisputed spiritual center of the American West.
For attendees, itâs an unprecedented opportunity for powerful personal growthâin a destination unlike any other. Unlike larger corporate-sponsorship yoga conferences, held in large central facilities with cavernous rooms and hundreds of attendees per class, the Sedona Yoga Festival schedule was developed specifically with the cityâs quaint, homey atmosphere in mind. 200+ classes, workshops and events are sprinkled over 21 intimate local venues, with convenient shuttle service available and a variety of lodging options close at hand.
The flexible conference structure gives yogis the chance to weave their own experience in the richly colored cultural and natural tapestry of Sedona. Workshops and music are everywhereâspas, yoga studios, ballrooms, banquet halls, movie theaters, chapels and beyond. At the hub of this creative collective is Heart Center Village, a lively central gathering and registration area where participants can share the festival experience with yoga, healthy food and drink, conscious vendors, live music, listening lounges and a host of free, open-to-public activities.
The eventâs esteemed faculty is widely varied and deeply experiencedâand, befitting the destination, utterly down to Earth. Presenters were chosen not purely for their marquis-friendly names, but for the richly layered credentials, commitment to consciousness and unfailing authenticity that resonate in Sedonaâs spiritually charged environment. Among them are acclaimed author/teacher Mark Whitwell, Yoga Journal Co-Founder Rama Vernon, Kundalini masters Ana Brett and Ravi Singh, best-selling spiritual author Sunny Dawn Johnston and more than 100 yogis, healers, artists, authors, musicians, shamans, scientists, philosophers and performers.
Together, the festivalâs 108 presenters will facilitate more than 200 classes, workshops and events, from Yoga Nidra to Ecstatic Dance and just about everything in between. Conference attendees are also encouraged to set aside time for the exploration and contemplation of their surroundings, which include some of the most breathtaking high desert landscapes in the world. With more than four million annual visitors, Sedona is a virtual mecca for hikers, bikers, artists and spiritual seekers. Rich in energy âvortexes,â the area has long been known for its inspiring, regenerative powersâmaking it the ideal place to take oneâs practice to the next level.
âSedona is such an inspirational place, and so closely aligned with the principles of any yogic, spiritual or consciousness practice. It seemed incredible that there wasnât already a festival hereâor indeed a cohesive yoga offering we could share with the world.â said Marc Titus, SYF Founder and Director. âWe are so honored to be helping to fill that gap as we bring the yoga community hOMe to Sedona.â In keeping with the spirit of seva, SYF is donating a portion of conference proceeds to the Give Back Yoga Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting yoga teachers in the offering of service to their communities.
SYF2014 kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 6. click here for complete conference schedulesÂ or click here to purchase tickets.
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Marc Titus: Founder & CEO, Festival Director
Marc is aÂ modern yogiÂ and visionary guide for new paradigm thinkers and creators.Â HisÂ modern yoga and meditationÂ blends masterfully, ancient practices and philosophy to soothe this tumultuous modern experience, supporting purposeful, organic and dynamic collaborations that bring humanity to a higher consciousness experience.Â The goals of the Sedona YogaÂ Festival are to be a significant resource for yoga and the expansion of consciousness. To generate widespread awareness of Sedona as a true yoga destination.Â To nurture collaborative community among teachers and practitioners of yoga in Sedona and beyond. To welcome people to Sedona for the experience of yoga and transformation. To develop purposeful partnerships with conscious organizations and businesses. To encourage and support non-profit organizations in our local community and our expanded yoga community. To nurture a mentality of abundance in energetic and material exchange.